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The Mother’s Day weekend is fast approaching. I wanted to highlight two more studios that are on the Rolling Hills Studio Tour.  

I have written about the Williams Design Studio Gallery in a previous blog. Their gallery is featured as ‘Studio C’ this year and warrants our attention again!  

Paul and Beverley Williams have been creating fine crafts for over 40 years. The variety of work they create is quite amazing. Their studio includes a secret garden, fountains, gourd art, wall sculptures, murals, leather sculpture, tree sculpture, ponds, coracles, weaving…  

Obviously, the Williams Design Studio Gallery has to be on your weekend agenda! 

The photo below is just one example of the beauty in the Secret Garden – A stacked Rock Waterfall on a dry river bed.



Paul and Beverley will be featuring the following artists:

 Walpeg Studio – Photography 

Through their photography, Walter and Peggy’s work highlights the fundamental building blocks of nature. As you can see from the photo below, “they bring uniqueness to the ordinary.”



 Sandy Cline – Sculpture

Sandy’s website covers so much detail on soap stone culture and his own history, it is hard to know what to focus on! His art, which has found its way to collections around the world, including that of Prince Phillip will certainly be a focal point for the Mother’s Day Tour.


William Boyd Fraser – Multimedia  

William is a sculptor and a self proclaimed ‘unconventional thinker’! You can find a detailed description of his projects at his website https://williamboydfraser.wordpress.com/.


Studio D features the Photographic art of Tim Bellhouse. He began taking photographs in the 1970’s and he has studied biology for over 35 years. His work has taken him from the shores of Lake Ontario to the coast of James Bay. It is easy to see the connection of his two passions – biology and photography – in the photographic art he has created. 

The photos below certainly accomplish a goal for him as an artist – they cause the viewer to take a closer look at the world in which we live.  




See you on Rolling Hills Studio Tour!



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May 13 -14 is Mother’s Day weekend and what better way to spend time with Mom than on the annual tour featuring a wide range of artists and crafts people.  

The setting is perfect – the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges region of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Admission is free. Travel along the Rolling Hills Studio Tour path to create your own self-guided tour. There are 7 Studios along the way, featuring the work of 11 artisans.  

There are a number of reasons why you should make plans to attend this unique event.  

First, the variety of art work includes copper and silver jewellery, pottery, soapstone carvings, leather sculpture, brass & copper fountains, wildlife art in oils, acrylics or beautiful watercolours, photography, amazing paintings on feathers, wood sculpture, and even decorative gourd art.   

Second, there will be demonstrations at some of the studios. You will get a first hand look at the amazing artists in action. Many of these artists have their work in collections around the world.  

Third, you will be purchasing unique one-of-a kind items, all made in Canada!

And fourth, you can visit one of the many restaurants along the way, or even stay in a local Bed and Breakfast.

Let’s take a look at two of the Studios you will find.

Studio A is at “From the Heart Quilts” on Hwy 7A in Bethany. I have featured From the Heart Quilts in an earlier Blog. Since then, the variety of new fabrics has grown, including Japanese fabrics, hand dyed wool, organic cotton, unique patterns – and of course the friendly staff continue to offer classes and answer your questions.



Studio B is the home of Clayworks Pottery and will feature Jodie Hames and Holly McClellan.



Clayworks Pottery was created by Jodie Hames. The studio originally opened in 1997 at the entrance of Kilbear Provincial Park. Lucky for us, Bethany has been her home since 2012. You can find Clayworks Pottery on Mothers Day weekend – or any other time of the year at 112 Weston Rd. The studio offers hand made original designs including functional pottery as well as sculptured pieces of art. Examples of unique pieces such as the Dragonfly plate can be found on Jodie’s website at clayworkspottery.ca


 Holly McClellan is a photographer whose art has been shown in public galleries, arts festivals and events across Ontario, Quebec and the USA. Holly’s work will also be featured at Clayworks Pottery studio. 

I will highlight features from the remaining studios featured on the tour in the weeks coming up to Mother’s Day. In the meantime you can download a map of the tour area at http://www.rollinghillsstudiotour.com



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Have you ever wished you had planned something more unique for Mother’s Day – something to show how special your Mom is? Well this may be exactly what you are looking for:

The 2016 Rolling Hills Studio Tour on the MAY 7th and 8th Mother’s Day Weekend.


Set your own pace on a free self-guided tour in the scenic rolling hills of the Oak Ridges region of the City of Kawartha Lakes

You can meet 14 artists and crafts people and see demonstrations of pottery, jewelry, gourd art, paintings, wood working, feather art, and more at the 9 featured studios.


Spring will certainly be in the air! Visit the website and set you own route. Take in the Quilt Show while you are there.

For More Information: 



(705) 277-2666 Bev Williams




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rolling hills studiotourThis weekend, why not celebrate Mother’s Day by taking part in the Annual Rolling Hills Studio Tour in Bethany, ON.

It’s a free, self-guided tour with the opportunity to visit art studios around Bethany where you can meet the artists and see demonstrations of unique range of art forms.

The Rolling Hills Studio Tour takes place in the beautiful rolling hills of the Oak Ridges region of the City of Kawartha Lakes, a little over an hour away from Toronto.  The artists all live within a 30 minute drive of each other, making it that much easier to view the variety of their artwork.  The tour takes place on May 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and admission is free.

There are also nearby restaurants for family dining and a Bed and Breakfast to make it a full weekend trip.

Williams Design Studio

Williams Design Studio in Bethany, Ontario

Make sure you stop in to meet Beverley and Paul Williams of Williams Design Studio in Bethany!  2014 marks the 40th anniversary of their award-winning artwork in leather sculpture, masks and unique sculptural fountains and Beverley’s decorated gourd art

!Paul and Beverly WilliamsPaul and Beverly Williams in their Design Studio

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Williams Design Studio

Williams Design Studio in Bethany, Ontario

Last week, Jeff and I took a road trip so I could meet some of the local businesspeople in Bethany that I wanted to profile for the blog.  We visited the Guitar Boutique at the Ranch Resort and our second visit was a stop at the Williams Design Studio, on 7A, right in the middle of town.

Art, crafts, metalwork and more

leather sculpture

Leather sculpture
‘Sisters of Andromeda’
by Beverly Williams

It was a strange experience opening the door to Williams Design Studio in Bethany.  Strange in a good way, because as soon as I stepped inside, I instantly remembered visiting the studio at least fifteen years ago.  It was the leatherwork on the walls that triggered the memory, the faces worked into the folds of the material.  I had never seen such art before, or since.

Return visit or not, it was impossible not to feel comfortable with the Williams.  They are warm and welcoming, full of enthusiasm for their art and for Bethany.

I’m neither artistic, nor do I know much about art, but I know what I like, and I like the different styles of the Williams’ artwork.  There are the decorated gourds that are Beverley’s specialty, the leatherwork displayed on the walls, the metal work, the tree structures, each piece with their own style and showcasing Paul and Beverley’s unique vision.

With my parents living in Cobourg, I recognized the Copper Maple Tree Paul created that is hanging in the lobby of the Best Western in Cobourg, with over 800 copper leaves!  There are other Trees created by Paul hanging in the Evinrude Centre, the Omemee Medical Centre and the Millbrook Medical Centre.

Copper Maple Tree

Copper Maple Tree hanging in the lobby of Best Western, Cobourg, Ontario by Paul Williams

Paul and Beverly Williams

Paul and Beverley Williams in their Design Studio

Ties to Bethany

Paul and Beverley Williams have been living in Bethany since 1977.  They had been living in Whitby and during a search for a studio/home outside the city they stumbled across Bethany one weekend.

It felt like home to them.

The Williams Design Studio studio was formerly the Antique Store owned by Norman White, and before that was the Grocery Store and Meat Market.  It seems like fate brought them into the area in the form of the old schoolhouse. that they were interested in.  While they were investigating the possibility of establishing their studio within the schoolhouse, they came across the Antique Store in town.

It seemed like a better fit for the couple.

Renovations are trying during the best of times, but only more so during a extra cold and snowy winter and while Beverly was pregnant.  But they persevered and the result is a studio providing a welcoming look at the talent in the art community of the area.

Paul and Beverly know their history of the area as well as their studio.  Research into Paul’s family history showed that he was a descendant of Michael Sisson, who was one of ten children born to John and Mary, one the founding families of Bethany.  Mr. Sisson made a mark for himself in Bethany by being the first to introduce a new and improved breed of sheep to the area, brought over from Scotland.  As well, Levi Sisson, one of John and Mary’s grandchildren, was an early proprietor of the general store where the Design Studio now is.  That origin wooden building was destroyed along with half the town in the fire of 1911.  The general store was rebuilt, as was the town hall.  So in a way, it was home for them.

Rolling Hills Studio Tour

Rolling Hills Studio Tour
Mother’s Day Weekend
May 11-12, 2013

Rolling Hills Studio Tour and More

Paul and Beverley are artists and do all they can to encourage the development of the area’s art community.  They participate in the Rolling Hills Studio Tour, Mother’s Day weekend, next year which will take place on May 11-12, 2013.  This tour is a must see for the area, since it lets you explore the artists’ studios as you drive through the beautiful rolling hills of Manvers Township.  As well the Williams have their Christmas Open Studio Show, going on now until December 24.  They will be at the Peterborough Garden Show April 12-13, 2013 and taking part in the Lake Scugog Studio tour on May 4-5, 2013.  More importantly, their Secret Garden is open Mother’s Day to the end of September and is worth the drive to Bethany to take a look.  I’m planning on coming back next year to visit and see the water features and fountains.

Secret Garden

Williams’ Secret Garden
Water feature in fairy garden

I really enjoyed the visit to the Williams’ Design Studio and meeting Beverley and Paul.  Their artwork is beautiful and unique and creative and they are the  epitome of what embracing small town life is like.

Williams Design Studio

Williams Design Studio

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